February 22nd, 2009
09:03 AM ET
12 years ago

Media treatment of Obama fair, majority say

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/22/art.obama1.gi.jpg caption="Most Americans think the media is fair on Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans think the media's been fair in its treatment of President Obama.

Fifty-five percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday say they believe the news media's been fair in covering Obama since he was inaugurated as President on January 20. Twenty-six percent suggest that the media's not been critical enough, with 18 percent feeling that the news media's been too critical.

But the poll indicates that there is a partisan divide.

"Democrats and Independents view media coverage of Obama as fair. But 56 percent of Republicans say the media have not been critical enough of Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, with 1,046 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. mark

    Lobbyist back in the white house, same old Washington, A cabinet that doesn’t pay taxes, and increasing the war in worthless Afghanistan. You say the media is unfair? Lets not forget the only reason he is president.

    February 22, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    The man has been in office a little over one month, saddled with a mess that the Republicans spent eight years creating as they enriched their cronies and themselves...give the guy a chance, will you?!

    February 22, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. jim

    Give me a break. He the President of the United States and can get away with saying "I didn't cause this problem..." Not one member of the media has ever said, but "Mr. President, you were a member of the United States Senate when a majority of critical events took place and you did, nothing, and said nothing.." There is an appropriate time for allowing a new President the benefit of the doubt and the ability to implement their policies, but never should the press cave to the cult of personality that has been created around this President. It will serve no one well.

    February 22, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. catherine

    The media elected Mr Obama. Face the facts. We are controlled.

    February 22, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Dawn

    Some, but not all... Such as Fox Noise...Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and of course Rush Limbaugh. You find some that is pretty fair.

    I thought that the media is suppose to be biased. They report the news and tell the people what is going on. If you report the wrong information to the American People; guess what you get the wrong idea of what is going on in the world, but most people can and will go on the internet and get the full information. Ta ta for now

    February 22, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Joe

    With media gushing over Obama (and even getting tingles down the leg), what do you think?

    February 22, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. diamond j


    February 22, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Big Tom

    They have been very soft on Obama basically because they still believe in the first 100 day honeymoon. That being said, I believe if he continues to allow and rely on the two nuts cases (Reid & Pelosi) to run and dictate everything, as they are currently doing, he'll go down the tubes quickly.

    February 22, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. David, Pennsylvania

    Since the inauguration, the media has done a better job of covering Obama and questioning his policies. It's how they covered him in the campaign that causes so many to believe the media was in the tank for him

    February 22, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    Tell that to the NY Post. That rag is promoting hate-crimes and should be put out of business. That is one of the problems, when you allow foreigners to own our media. They bring with them, those old tired, worn out cliches and biases !! That is the old European mindset: Divide and Conquer !!!

    February 22, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. sensible Cape Coral FL

    WHAT A SURPRISE!!! The Republicans don't think the media is tough enough on Obama. Will never cease?

    February 22, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. JLucia

    Yes, the media has been fair. Well at least the news I watch/listen to. The media is suppose to report the news not create it, you know things such as there's $5M of the stimulus going to ACORN. The media should stick to reporting facts, good or bad and its fair.

    February 22, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Randy

    The media elected Obama so it has to treat him with kid gloves. He is a novelty whos luster will fad fast. I hope the people of American learn a lesson from this that they will never forget. Just another failed social project with the highest level of risk. Hold the media responsible.

    February 22, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Cindy Merrill

    How many seniors have you polled- just wondering. Are they thrilled about the $250 onetime bonus from the Stimulus???

    February 22, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. James A.

    I believe I have finally put my finger on why I dislike partisan Republicans so much. I am a checker at a major department store; partisan Republicans represent my rudest customers.

    February 22, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Vickie

    Ha! What a joke! The media should be spend less time worrying about what Michelle is wearing and more time worrying about all of the campaign promises Obama is breaking. What happened to bringing honesty and integrity to Washington? What about the elimination of the cap gains tax for small businesses?

    February 22, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. JD

    Why do we even care what the "majority of Americans" think? The majority of Americans pay little-to-no attention to what is important in the world, or even what is important in their very own communities. Then when something electrifying comes up involving politics, they run to their blogs and comment boards and polls and go crazy like they know what they're talking about.

    So why do we care? Oh, that's right - these are the same people empowered with electing our policy-makers. I'm all for freedom of speech and the right to attempt to vote, I just think voting should go along with some kind of very elementary quiz to ensure people aren't voting for the wrong reasons (ie. race, prejudice, gender).

    February 22, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Mr. Kitty

    Let's see; we are a nation of cowards according to the black attorney general (who failed to mention that in his confirmation hearing); we are racist according to Rep. John Lewis if we oppose the "stimulus package" and yet Obama calls for unity while secretly winking at his black power base. Who are the real hypocrites and why isn't the media confronting the President about this apparent new age Black Panthers made of politicians. Who are the real racists and how long are we as a country going to take the race card being constantly played in our face. I'm fed up with being called a racist everytime I disagree with the Administration and I didn't serve my country in the military for 12 years to be called a coward by someone who has never put on the uniform.

    February 22, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Chris from NY

    I am a Democrat and I think that the media has not been fair to Obama. They may be personal to him but they are not helping him sell his agenda. They appear to like the guy but not enough to say his ideas are good for the Country. And that's not a good message to send to a Country that's in need of confidence to survive. Also, the media has not being critical enough of the Republicans who stand in the way of things that needs to be for the American people. Hold them accountable. It's either they come up with an idea or don't sell their idea of bashing the guy that has one. And when they present a bad idea call them on it. That will be fair and balanced news.

    February 22, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. lynn in NM

    He is their chosen one. How can they possibly say anything against him? They are for anything he says. Now live with it.

    February 22, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Tom Insko

    Fair or not, Obama certainly has thus far escaped the scrutiny that Clinton and Bush endured. Is it possible the media is now realizing that undermining sitting Presidents is unhealthy for America? I doubt it, but remain hopeful. The blurring of news and opinion in the media is damaging our ability to rightly judge policy decisions. Try just giving us the facts and allow us to form our own conclusions.

    February 22, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Deb

    I wonder how the repubs feel about fox noise....Oh I mean fox news

    February 22, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Main Street America

    The media is giveing Obama a free ride.
    They don't know where to trip will take America
    and Obama don't either

    February 22, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. jadelyn

    Come wealthy republicans, do you want our President Obama to be attacked more than he already has? For God sake Fox news and John Mccaine attack President Obama 24/7.

    February 22, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Angie

    John Starnes Tampa Florida February 22nd, 2009 9:18 am ET
    They have him under a microscrope. He can't make a move without the media making a comment. He has been in office a month and he has done more for the economy (trying to make it better) then bush did the 8 years he and his cronies had to destroy this country. No President Obama is not a miracle worker, he is a man working for ALL THE PEOPLE. He was elected by the people and he is working for the people.

    February 22, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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